Our Wisconsin Honey Queen, Kimberly Kester, was named American Honey Queen at the American Beekeeping Federation's annual convention Saturday night. Along with Kimberly, Tabitha Mansker, from the state of Texas, was named American Honey Princess. The Wisconsin Honey Producers Association was well represented with a large group cheering Kimberly on all week.
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DATCP is pleased to announce the selection of Daniel Ziehli as a State Apiary Inspector, filling the vacancy left by Craig Petros’ retirement. Dan is a second-generation beekeeper who recently retired from a career in the Air Force as an equipment mechanic. Last year he began commercial apiary operations on his own, specializing in honey production and limited pollination activities.
Dan has been very active in the local beekeeping community, and we look forward to the wide range of knowledge, skills and experience he brings to the position. He will officially start on May 4, and will be based out of his home in Monticello. Please join us in welcoming Dan to the Bureau!